August 20, 2014 | By Parmjeet Singh
New Delhi, India (August 20, 2014): The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) has castigated Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, (RSS); Chieftain Mohan Bhagwat’s reported statement calling India a Hindu nation. It is dangerous and condemnable as it is against the secular nature of our country, the party said.
SDPI president A. Sayeed in a statement said that India is a multi-cultural and multi-religious society and has not accepted Golwalkar’s definition of ‘Hindutva’. The Indian Constitution which very specifically states that India is Bharat, a union of state, and the word “Hindustan” is no where mentioned, he pointed out.
Sayeed said Bhagwat should better watch out his words and thoughts. Hindutva is a majoritarian concept which is part of the narrow and divisive agenda of the RSS. While Bhagwat should not be allowed to burn a country for which he and his terrible organization did not contribute anything at all. India is an idea of noble people who created it, he added.
Sayeed said that if RSS is serious on Hinduism, they should champion the cause of abolition of the caste system or make it flexible where anyone can chose his caste based on the benefits or other considerations as it was in the old days. It appears RSS is drunk with power. Thinks might is right. It will prove to be the downfall of BJP Government at the Centre unless it distances itself from RSS.
Bhagwat must know very well, Sayeed said, the word Hindu or Hindutava does not figure in any of the Hindu religious scriptures viz. Vedas, Upanishads, Gita or Puran. Making a distinction between Hinduism and Hindutva, he said, equating the two is belittling the philosophy and richness of Hinduism. If attempt is made to impose Hindu culture then India will break into pieces, he added.
The statement stated that the question on everyone’s mind is: “Why are Hindutva sentiments are being raked up now whereas they were earlier muted in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls?”
Sayeed charged the RSS and the BJP of dividing the society along communal lines to get political mileage in four poll-bound states. From the day Modi government assumed power, the RSS and its frontal organizations have been trying hard to stoke communal hatred. The BJP and the Sangh Parivar wants to repeat the Muzaffarnagar experiment in other parts of the country as well, he added.
He said the RSS with millions of members in India and abroad has raised its “Hindu nation” pitch after the rise of Narendra Modi to power. The double standard of the government is apparent. While Prime Minister Modi had talked about moratorium on communalism, Mohan Bhagwat has made outrageous statements. The government should have moratorium on RSS first, he said.
He said that the RSS and its various outfits are making a plethora of such objectionable statements ever since the BJP formed the government. He urged the people to reject such statements and uphold their unity based on their common citizenship irrespective of caste and creed.
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